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BA Timetable

Winter Term 2019/2020

MA Timetable

Winter Term 2019/2020

Christmas Charity Book Swap / Sale

Mon 9 December, 17:30-19:30, Room 111

  

Dr Vicky Angelaki: The Performativity of Climate Crisis

Wednesday 20 November, 14:10, Room 111

  

 

Dr Monika Kocot: Alan Spence and the Japanese Poetic Tradition

Monday 11 November, Room 111, 17:30-19:00

DALC cordially invites you to the lecture " Alan Spence and the Japanese Poetic Tradition" by Dr Monika Kocot (University of Lodz). The lecture will be held on Monday 11 November in Room 111 (CUFA main building) at 17:30.

Abstract:
It could be argued that the intricate beauty of Alan Spence’s poems is strongly associated with his deep fascination with Japanese aesthetics and philosophy (of writing). During the seminar we will look at Spence's poetic pieces (haiku and tanka) through the prism of the theory of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, beauty understood as “hidden depths apprehended through artistic detachment” (Odin 2001:1). Steve Odin notes that the Japanese tradition of aestheticism has articulated “a variety of highly refined, elegant, and pervasive qualities of atmospheric beauty such as aware (sad beauty), yūgen (profound mystery), wabi (rustic poverty), sabi (loneliness), shibumi (elegant restraint), mu (negative space), iki (chic), and fūryū or fūga (windblown elegance)” (2001: 99), and he adds that critics often neglect “the aesthetic attitude of detached contemplation required for the intuition of beauty” (2001: 99). In my attempt to show how detached contemplation helps in (re)reading Spence’s poetry, I will also refer to Donald Keene’s observations, and I will emphasise how the four concepts he discusses, namely suggestion, irregularity, simplicity, and perishability (1969: 294-306), operate in Spence’s poetry.

Dr Monika Kocot is interested in contemporary Scottish poetry and prose, Native American writing, comparative studies and literary translation. She is the author of Playing Games of Sense in Edwin Morgan’s Writing (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016) and co-editor of Języki (pop)kultury w literaturze, mediach i filmie (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2015) and Nie tylko Ishiguro. Szkice o literaturze anglojęzycznej w Polsce (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2019, in print). She is a member of the Association for Cultural Studies, The Association for Scottish Literary Studies, the French Society of Scottish Studies (SFEE), and Polskie Towarzystwo Językoznawstwa Kognitywnego (Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association). She is the President of The K.K. Baczynski Literary Society.

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